Yet Another ‘Suspect’ Detained and Subjected to Three Enemas By Overzealous Cops

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Pic: AnonymousThe anal obsessions of our drug warrior

The anal obsessions of our drug warriors continue to be expressed on hapless citizens. This time, a 54 year-old man once convicted of meth possession:

Via The New York Times:

IF you think that protests about overzealous law enforcement are over the top, listen to what unfolded when the police suspected that David Eckert, 54, was hiding drugs in his rectum.

Eckert is a shy junk dealer struggling to get by in Hidalgo County, N.M. He lives a working-class life, drives a 16-year-old pickup and was convicted in 2008 of methamphetamine possession.

Police officers, suspecting he might still be involved in drugs, asked him to step out of his pickup early last year after stopping him for a supposed traffic violation. No drugs or weapons were found on Eckert or in his truck, but a police dog showed interest in the vehicle and an officer wrote that Eckert’s posture was “erect and he kept his legs together.”

That led the police to speculate that he might be hiding drugs internally, so they took him in handcuffs to a nearby hospital emergency room and asked the doctor, Adam Ash, to conduct a forcible search of his rectum. Dr. Ash refused, saying it would be unethical.

“I was pretty sure it was the wrong thing to do,” Dr. Ash told me. “It was not medically indicated.”

Eckert, protesting all the while, says he asked to make a phone call but was told that he had no right to do so because he hadn’t actually been arrested. The police then drove Eckert 50 miles to the emergency room of the Gila Regional Medical Center, where doctors took X-rays of Eckert’s abdomen and performed a rectal examination. No drugs were found, so doctors performed a second rectal exam, again unavailing.

Doctors then gave Eckert an enema and forced him to have a bowel movement in the presence of a nurse and policeman, according to a lawsuit that Eckert filed. When no narcotics were found, a second enema was administered. Then a third.

The police left the privacy curtain open, so that Eckert’s searches were public, the lawsuit says.

After hours of fruitless searches, police and doctors arranged another X-ray and finally anesthetized Eckert and performed a colonoscopy.

“Nothing was found inside of Mr. Eckert,” the police report notes. So after he woke up, he was released — after 13 hours, two rectal exams, three enemas, two X-rays and a colonoscopy.

The hospital ended up billing Eckert $6,000.

Via The New York Times.

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  • Adamas Macalz

    You know I’m starting to wonder how prevalent repressed homosexuality is in the law enforcement community

    • Conspiracy Carrot

      Or with male humans in general.

      • American Cannibal

        The straight male, especially the American male, has got to be one of the most sexually repressed types around. And their sexually repressed wives/girlfriends aren’t much help, either. Any deviation of the standard monogamous M-F bond is met with suspicious and ridicule by friends and lovers alike. So sad and needlessly stressful.

        • Conspiracy Carrot

          That could be said about virtually every culture, ever. These days American males might be more enlightened than many others… in this particular area anyway.

    • Jin The Ninja

      let us first concede that doctors and a multitude of support staff were complicit in this. let us also concede that the process had absolutely nothing to do with gay-ness, or repressed sexuality, but domination and control. frankly, don’t put your state’s sickness on us. thanks.

      • American Cannibal

        Well said, Jin. Power and control are exactly what this is about. It’s a disgrace. Those doctors and staff should be ashamed of themselves for participating.

        That being said, the victim was a ‘junk dealer’. So maybe the cops thought he’d enjoy assplay? IDK. I’m not a cop.

        • Jin The Ninja

          lol. i just got the ‘junk dealer’ as euphemism. who knows? maybe?

          • リカルド 忍者の心

            It’s not just a matter of “power and control” when sexual abuse is
            involved! If these are not repressed gays, then they have probably been
            molested when young, or something like that.

          • Jin The Ninja

            actually “power and control” is exactly what rape and sexual assault are about. sexuality has very little to do with it. i also take issue with your shaming myth, that all sexually abused people go on to abuse other people. totally false. the vast majority do not. the police in this case, along with their conspirators were simply state actors, enacting the oppression of the state. you know, their jobs?

        • overdone

          not ashamed ….prosecuted for assult with intent to commit bodily harm.

          • Rey d’Tutto

            It was Rape, especially as it occurred without arresting him or having a warrant. Not only a Miranda violation, but a 4th Amendment violation as well.

            “Am I being Detained or Arrested?”
            No = “Then I am leaving”
            Yes = “I want a Lawyer”

  • BuzzCoastin

    goddnmed commie China
    in the land of the free you need a warrant to search someone’s privates
    waaa
    this happened in Der Homeland!!??!!?!?!?!?
    waaa
    the TSA & cops don’t have to obey the condtitutional law?!?!?!?
    well then
    it must be ok ’cause Der Homeland is a free country
    the freest kuntery on earth

  • Terance Schmidt

    Doing a forced examination should be grounds for immediate revocation of a doctor’s license. It is patently unethical.

    • overdone

      Not just the doctor but the Hospital/Clinic, as well, should lose it’s license, then the rich bastards that own these clinics would think twice before advising the doctors to comply.

      • Calypso_1

        Given the spate of incidences in this region it would be difficult to think that there is not collusion at a corporate/state level for the practice to occur.

    • Calypso_1

      It is illegal without specified court orders.

  • InfvoCuernos

    I’m glad I got my ass out of NM before they got into it.

  • Juan

    The Three Enemas of David Eckert will be the Palm d’ or winner at Canne this year.

  • Juan

    I’ll just leave this here:

    http://youtu.be/e5ep8jp2zkQ

  • gustave courbet

    I hope that incidences like this are causing expensive civil litigation costs for the policy departments that hire walking liabilities such as these dangerous and incompetent officers. Unless citizens disincentivize this kind of terrible conduct through effective financial penalties, we’re going to see more of this.

    • gustave courbet

      “When I came across this case, it seemed far-fetched to me — more like rape than law enforcement. But the authorities, hospital and doctors all refused to comment, and, a few days ago, the city and county settled the lawsuit by paying Eckert $1.6 million.” -NYT article

      • Juan

        A happy ending for Mr. Eckert:)

        • William_JD

          And a sad ending for the taxpayers, who will probably pay most of the award. The cops and doctors who did this need to be the ones who feel the pain.

  • Dan Como

    What a frigging outrage!
    Oh man, I’d of gotten a lawyer and sued those cops and “medical professionals ” too. Way, way over the top. No excuse to be treated like that.

    • De Village

      He has, as of a few days ago the city and county have settled for $1.6 million and the hospital and doctors are still named in the suit or yet to reply to it.

  • William_JD

    Dr. Ash refused, but an immigrant doctor (Dr, Odocha) didn’t. Once again, immigrants doing the jobs Americans won’t do.

  • Marquis deFad

    America is wild. Let’s remember that it was an uncivilised, savage country until the 1960s, when they stopped segregation. I’m not trolling here, if a country had legally enforced segregation then it’s not a civilised country. South Africa wasn’t civilised under Apartheid.

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